By Holly Sosa
This back to school season, I’m all about keeping things simple. When I prepare with easy meals, I find I’m much less stressed out in the day to day grind that the new schedule brings. One of my family’s favorite make ahead breakfasts and lunch time snacks are my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars. They’re packed with protein and Bob’s Red Mill Oats which are rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol. And the best part for busy moms like me? Is that they’re simple to whip up at the beginning of the week for a batch that will last through til Friday.
I started with a hefty serving of peanut butter and added it to my mixing bowl for my stand mixer.
Next I added some honey to sweeten things up.
And I mixed it together on low until it was combined well and fluffy.
Next I added plenty of Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats. It’s important to use quick cooking oats here because your oatmeal won’t soften if you use normal rolled or steel cut oats.
And I mixed it all together until it created a dough-like texture.
Lastly I added chocolate chips and mixed it all together. My kids call these Cookie Granola because of the chocolate chips. It makes these look like cookie and they taste just as good!
I transferred the dough to a baking sheet lined with wax paper and pressed it all down towards the edges until it was flat.
Then I covered the pan and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour before cutting them into bars.
My kiddos love getting one of these in their lunch box and we’ve also been known to eat them for breakfast on occasion. They keep in the fridge in an air tight container for about a week, so I love to make a big batch on Sunday night to last me throughout the week.
The best part about these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars is the Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats. They absorb all that sweet honey and since Bob’s Red Mill oats are kiln roasted to give them that wholesome flavor, the combination is delightful!
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 6 cups Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and honey together.
- Add oats and mix.
- Add chocolate chips and mix.
- Transfer to a half baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Press dough into pan until flat.
- Refrigerate for one hour.
- Cut into bars and store in an air tight container in fridge.
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